From one of the world’s most admired women, this is former National Security Advisor and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s compelling story of eight years serving at the highest levels of government. In her position as America’s chief diplomat, Rice traveled almost continuously around the globe, seeking common ground among sometimes bitter enemies, forging agreement on divisive issues, and compiling a remarkable record of achievement.
A native of Birmingham, Alabama who overcame the racism of the Civil Rights era to become a brilliant academic and expert on foreign affairs, Rice distinguished herself as an advisor to George W. Bush during the 2000 presidential campaign. Once Bush was elected, she served as his chief adviser on national-security issues – a job whose duties included harmonizing the relationship between the Secretaries of State and Defense. It was a role that deepened her bond with the President and ultimately made her one of his closest confidantes.
With the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Rice found herself at the center of the Administration’s intense efforts to keep America safe. Here, Rice describes the events of that harrowing day – and the tumultuous days after. No day was ever the same. Additionally, Rice also reveals new details of the debates that led to the war in Afghanistan and then Iraq.
The eyes of the nation were once again focused on Rice in 2004 when she appeared before the 9-11 Commission to answer tough questions regarding the country’s preparedness for – and immediate response to – the 9-11 attacks. Her responses, it was generally conceded, would shape the nation’s perception of the Administration’s competence during the crisis. Rice conveys just how pressure-filled that appearance was and her surprised gratitude when, in succeeding days, she was broadly saluted for her grace and forthrightness.
From that point forward, Rice was aggressively sought after by the media and regarded by some as the Administration’s most effective champion.
In 2005 Rice was entrusted with even more responsibility when she was charged with helping to shape and carry forward the President’s foreign policy as Secretary of State. As such, she proved herself a deft crafter of tactics and negotiation aimed to contain or reduce the threat posed by America’s enemies. Here, she reveals the behind-the-scenes maneuvers that kept the world’s relationships with Iran, North Korea and Libya from collapsing into chaos. She also talks about her role as a crisis manager, showing that at any hour -- and at a moment’s notice -- she was willing to bring all parties to the bargaining table anywhere in the world.
No Higher Honor takes the reader into secret negotiating rooms where the fates of Israel, the Palestinian Authority, and Lebanon often hung in the balance, and it draws back the curtain on how frighteningly close all-out war loomed in clashes involving Pakistan-India and Russia-Georgia, and in East Africa.
Surprisingly candid in her appraisals of various Administration colleagues and the hundreds of foreign leaders with whom she dealt, Rice also offers here keen insight into how history actually proceeds. In No Higher Honor, she delivers a master class in statecraft -- but always in a way that reveals her essential warmth and humility, and her deep reverence for the ideals on which America was founded.
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In recent months I have become fascinated with the events facing America since 9/11. I have read the Vice Presidents account and now this riveting inside discussion of the world problems facing all of us since that historic day.
I found myself reading for hours at time as history unfolded itself in one discussion as opposed to eight years of sound bites.
No higher Honor
This is an insight into Condi's untiring positive diplomatic efforts in tune with President Bush's policies from 9/11, 2001-2008. There is great pride in the USA .
No Higher Honor
I'm proud of my country. I'm proud that we have the intellectual and political ability and desire to elect people who have the intellectual and political ability to make the world a better place. I'm proud of George W. Bush for his insistence to do what's right, and for his choice in selecting and supporting Ms. Rice. And I'm so, so proud of Ms. Rice and all she's accomplished. What lucky people we Americans are to have someone so smart, so steady and so truly a good Christian representing us to the world.
My Knowledge of world affairs has increased exponentially after reading "No Higher Honor" by Condaleezza Rice. If someone had said "here's a 1,000 page book about history to read", my instinct would have been to put it aside until I had "idle time". Instead, once I started reading, I looked forward to chapter after chapter (sometimes reading on my iPad in the middle of the night with the blanket over my head so I didn't wake my husband). The entire world climate, politically and emotionally opened up before me.
I can only say "thank you". Thank you for keeping American interests at the forefront while working to bring democracy and opportunities for peace and growth to other nations. Thank you for your tireless efforts and personal sacrifice. Thank you for staying true to your Christian beliefs. Thank you for using your (enormous) intellectual prowess to effect change in very difficult circumstances. Thank you for guiding our President. And thank you for writing this book. It is engaging, inspiring and so very educational. You've managed to humanize the politics of the world, which makes the actions of others not only more understandable, but also more personal.
I could cite example after example of things I've learned-about foreign leaders and their personalties, how and why decisions were made and how some people are just nuts. But I'll just say it again, "thank you".
PS-if I wasn't 55, I'd say I wanted to grow up to be like you and go to Stanford.